"Carton sealing tape," which is sometimes abbreviated as "carton tape" or "sealing tape," is an umbrella term for all varieties of tape used to seal packages. Carton sealing tape is designed to give you proper adhesive strength without breaking the bank. It can withstand long transit times without snapping or losing stickiness. Using proper carton sealing tape is essential for any business that ships products. However, not all carton sealing tapes are created equal.
If you use tape that isn't strong enough, your packages risk breaking open during transit. At best, this leads to your packaging looking unprofessional. At worst, it results in products arriving to your customers damaged. With that said, not every package requires the strongest tape available. If you purchase superstrong, expensive tape that far exceeds the strength you need for shipping, then you're spending an unnecessary amount of money.
At Tape Jungle, you can save money and protect your packages by purchasing bulk orders of carton sealing tape. But first, you need to know what kind of carton tape to order. Consider factors like tape strength, color, and price to find the variety that best suits your needs. If you need a specialized tape dispenser, Tape Jungle can provide that too. The following are the best carton sealing tapes for various types of cartons, plus information about sealing tape dispensers.
Carton Sealing Tape (PVC)
Standard carton sealing tape is made of a clear film with a natural rubber adhesive. It is printable and heat-shrinkable, with a temperature resistance of up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. Rolls come in lengths of either 55 yards or 110 yards. You can customize the tape by choosing from widths between 3/4 inches and 4 inches. Narrow widths are suitable for small packages, while the 4-inch variety provides extra grip on large packages.
This carton tape is moderately priced at $161 for 36 rolls or $4.47 per roll. It is recommended as a general-purpose packing tape.
Colored Carton Sealing Tape (PVC)
To add creativity to your packaging, upgrade from standard sealing tape to colored carton tape. Colored carton tape comes in black, white, red, dark blue, light blue, and more. All the colors are eye-catching, which will help your boxes stand out to clients. The variety of colors also provides an excellent way to categorize your inventory via color-coding. These tapes use a solvent-based natural rubber adhesive and have a tensile strength of 42 pounds per inch.
Colored carton sealing tape comes in 12 colors and has seven width options. Use the narrow widths for color-coded labeling and the thicker widths for taping your packages closed.
Tamper-Evident Packing Tape
Safeguard your packages against contamination and theft by using tamper-evident tape. These tapes cannot be resealed, and let the client know if someone has tried to open the package. This is especially important with food products since tamper-evident tape reveals evidence of potential contamination. If you are shipping costly items, the tamper-evident tape is a good deterrent against theft.
This sealing tape adheres to corrugated packaging, glass, metal, uncoated paper, and plastic. It is perfect for any business that ships a lot of products, such as e-commerce and meal delivery. Using tamper-evident tape reassures your customers that you are proactive about preventing shipping problems. If any of your products are tampered with, you will know about it immediately and can take steps to resolve the issue.
Acrylic Carton Sealing Tapes
Acrylic carton sealing tapes are a type of polypropylene tape. They are manufactured with moderate-to-high strength polypropylene film and an acrylic-based adhesive. Acrylic is naturally more sticky than rubber, and acrylic tapes require less processing compared to tapes with rubber-based adhesives. Due to the lower processing demands, the acrylic sealing tape is inexpensive. Each roll costs about a dollar or less, depending on how the roll is customized.
Tape Jungle carries two types of acrylic carton sealing poly pro tape: economy and industrial. Both are available in either clear or tan. Economy acrylic carton sealing tape has a tensile strength of 11 pounds per inch. Its recommended uses include general purpose splicing, tabbing, and carton sealing. Industrial acrylic carton sealing tape has a tensile strength of 18 to 27 pounds per inch and is more durable than economy tape. You can use it for packing and sealing heavier packages. It can adhere to steel and withstand extreme temperature fluctuations without warping.
Printed and Labeled Sealing Tapes
Printed carton tapes come with instructions printed on them. They are an excellent way to notify the shipping provider about materials that require extra care, such as fragile items or perishable food products. Plus, your clients will immediately know if the package contains something fragile or sensitive just by looking at it. With these tapes, there's no need to stamp "Fragile" on your boxes. All you have to do is tape them.
Tape Jungle features several printed sealing tapes. Options include:
Handle With Care: The classic "Handle With Care" label lets the shipping company know fragile items are in the box. This white tape with red lettering stands out clearly on any surface. In addition to conveying shipping instructions, the tape is a sturdy polypropylene tape that serves as durable packaging. This allows you to accomplish two tasks for the price of one.
Check Contents: Tape Jungle carries several "check contents" printed tapes. These advise the client to check the box's contents if the tape seal is broken. If you're using high-quality tape, it shouldn't break during transit, but using Check Contents tape adds an extra layer of security. This packing tape is recommended for packages containing food, expensive products, and anything else a broken seal could damage. You can choose labeled tape with water or solvent-based adhesive. Color options include clear with red lettering or yellow with red lettering.
If the preprinted carton sealing tapes don't appeal to you, you can order your own custom-printed tape. Design labels with your business name for better brand recognition or print instructions for specialized products.
Digital printed tape is a new option that is faster and cheaper to produce than traditionally printed tape, which makes it a popular choice for bulk orders. Digital printing is currently only available for paper tape. If you prefer poly pro tape, you can print your custom message on either standard or premium poly pro packaging. No matter what type of tape you use, your custom packing tape is guaranteed to advertise your brand and keep your products secure.
Carton Tape Dispensers
A Tape Jungle, we carry all the necessary tape dispensers required for our various tapes. For our carton sealing tapes, we have four tape dispenser options:
2" Handheld Economy: The 2-inch handheld economy-grade tape dispenser is compatible with tape up to 2 inches wide with a maximum roll diameter of 5 inches. Its rubber roller prevents static cling and has a 3-inch core with an adjustable brake. It's an affordable product perfect for general-purpose use.
2" Handheld Low Noise: The 2-inch handheld low noise is a mousetrap tape dispenser. It features a static cling strip and rubber roller. It is classified as low noise because it is designed to minimize the sound of tape applications. If your employees work in a crowded environment, this dispenser is a good choice for noise reduction.
3" Handheld Economy: The 3-inch handheld economy-grade is a larger version of the 2-inch handheld economy-grade dispenser. It can handle a tape roll with a diameter of up to 6 inches. If you're planning to ship large packages sealed with wide tape strips, this is the dispenser for you.
3" Heavy-Duty: The 3-inch heavy-duty tape dispenser can accommodate a maximum roll diameter of 5 and a half inches. It has a heavy-duty metal frame and rubber roller. It can withstand repeated daily usage. This dispenser's side loader keeps the tape prepped and ready to use. Managers of large packaging workforces may want to order a box of six dispensers to keep their staff well-supplied.
Contact Tape Jungle for More Information
Whether you're a small-business owner shipping products locally or a massive wholesaler, you need a packing tape that works as hard as you do. Carton sealing tape will keep your packages safe and professional-looking. Your customers will appreciate the care you took with your shipping boxes just as much as they appreciate whatever is inside the boxes.
Unsure what tapes would work best for your business? Don't worry, Tape Jungle's professional customer service staff is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, you're free to examine our carton sealing tape options and read the reviews from satisfied clients. Doing your research will help you make the right decision for your business.